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Golf Newsletter | September 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Goodbye, Summer. Welcome, Fall!  
by Kevin Bennington, Golf Administrator
 
Red Wing Lake Golf Course
Red Wing Lake Golf Course
What a summer we had! Finally the heat has lifted and the temperatures have begun to creep lower. The Golf Division would like to thank all of our guests who battled the heat these past few months. The summer of 2010 will go down in the record books as one of the hottest, if not the hottest, ever.
 
The brutal heat not only challenged our players, it also put our bent grass greens under stress. As a cool season turf, bent grass is not accustomed to extreme hot temperatures for such a long period of time. The golf maintenance teams recognized early on that this summer had the potential to be disastrous. 
 
In June, our team shifted their greens maintenance practices from maintenance for playability to maintenance for survival. We began to raise mowing heights, utilize walking greens mowers, selective aerifications and targeted hand watering to alleviate additional heat stress on the greens.
 
Did we come out of this record breaking summer without issues? No. However, there is no doubt that without the professionalism, hard work and dedication of the golf maintenance teams, conditions would be far worse. Knowing that we have made it to the end of what arguably is the most challenging summer we will ever see, I would personally like to thank and congratulate all of those involved on a job well done. We hope you'll join us on the green for some great Fall golf!
Update on Golf Course Operations RFP
 
The Golf Division has received eight proposals for the management and maintenance of the Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake Golf Courses beginning in January 2011. Several potential vendors have also elected to include the option of operating the Virginia Beach National Golf Course beginning in January 2012.  Currently, the proposals are under review. We will continue to keep you informed during this selection process.
Space Available in Golf Classes
 
We have a few spaces available in our October beginner golf classes at Kempsville Greens Golf Course, located at 4840 Princess Anne Road. Register soon as classes are filling!
 
Age 7-17 | Saturdays | Oct 2 - Oct 23 | 11 am - 12:30 pm | $60
 
Age 18 & up | Saturdays | Oct 30 - Nov 20 | 11 am - 12:30 pm | $60
 
For Women | Thursdays | Oct 14 - Nov 4 | 10 - 11:30 am | $60
Just for Fun: Put Your Knowledge to the Test! 
 
Feeling pretty confident in your knowledge of the rules of golf? Take this interactive quiz from USGA and put it to the test!
Make a Tee Time!
 
Bow Creek
3425 Club House Rd
(757) 431-3763
 
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Rd
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Rd
(757) 437-2037

Pro Tip: Proper Way to Repair a Ball Mark

from GCSAA

Golf Ball Mark Flag

Unrepaired ball marks take two to three weeks to properly heal, leaving behind unsightly, uneven putting surfaces. On the other hand, a repaired ball mark only takes half that time to heal.
 
It is your responsibility as a golfer to fix your own marks. There's really not much to it:
 
1. Use a pronged ball mark repair tool, knife, key or tee.
 
2. Insert it at the edges of the mark- not the middle of the depression.
 
3. Bring the edges together with a gentle twisting motion, but don't lift the center. Try not to tear the grass.
 
4. Smooth the surface with a club or your foot. You're done when it's a surface you would want to putt over.
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